Rangers were defeated 4-0 by Celtic at Hampden Park.
The Gers headed in to their Hampden Park clash with Celtic having failed to beat their Old Firm rivals in their previous nine meetings – a run of form which evidently affected Murty’s line-up.
Instead of looking to attack Brendan Rodgers’ men, Rangers instead opted to play three central midfielders and have them sit deep, with a bid to protect the back four and keep a narrow shape.
It was a tactic while ultimately proved costly, as Celtic were allowed to pass the ball around freely, utilise the wide areas with little pressure and force Rangers into making defensive mistakes.
Speaking to the BBC, former Ibrox hero Dodds claims Murty set up his team due to a lack of trust in his back four but it ended up having an adverse effect as their own attacking game was stifled.
“Celtic have been brilliant, they have turned up and are passing the ball really well. Murty has put three midfielders in there and we thought they would press high, but they have sat back and tried to do the defenders' jobs,” Dodds explained.
“What does that say about the back four? That sends out a message that they don't trust the back four. Scott Brown has had a cigar out.”
The idea of frustrating Celtic and hitting them on the counterattack may have been what Murty had in mind, but such tactics can only be accomplished if the defence remain solid throughout.
Unfortunately for the Gers, basic errors from Russell Martin and Ross McCrorie gifted Celtic a 2-0 lead at the half-time interval and the latter’s dismissal early into the second half put an end to the contest.
The 4-0 scoreline didn’t flatter the Hoops in the end, and frustratingly for Rangers supporters, they will know they have been soundly beaten without even attempting to put Celtic under any sort of pressure.